The facilities in California, Texas, and Connecticut also received supplies that are being distributed to other facilities across the country.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A Jacksonville hospice facility received a portion of more than $ 100,000 in healthcare benefits from AT&T to use in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Deliveries included more than 50,000 face covers and bottles of hand sanitizer.
AT&T delivered the supplies to VITAS Healthcare facilities across the country. The Jacksonville facility plans to share some of its supplies to hospice teams in nearby states.
“AT & T’s generosity during the pandemic will provide continued protection for our dedicated hospice teams and ensure the safety of our vulnerable patients and their families,” said Nick Westfall, President and CEO of VITAS. “We appreciate our collaboration with AT&T on cutting-edge technology initiatives and for their concern for the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve.”
VITAS has partnered with AT&T to join FirstNet, which provides a wireless broadband network specifically for public safety. According to a press release, the VITAS care teams can communicate with the network across authorities and jurisdictions while caring for patients in emergencies and natural disasters.
Among the applications for FirstNet, networks can be set up in patients’ homes that enable them to use virtual reality technology for therapy.
“We are committed to helping companies whose dedicated employees work tirelessly around the clock during the pandemic,” said Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T Business. “Our commitment to VITAS was an insightful look at the benefits, value, and effects of compassionate end-of-life care. Whether through cutting edge technology or basic equipment and supplies, we want to ensure that our frontline professionals can continue to serve their mission while protecting the nation’s health patients and protecting entire communities. “
The facilities in California, Texas, and Connecticut also received supplies.